Happy Spring!! It is finally here (even if we do still have snow on the ground…it is melting quickly).
I am wearing my new shawl (really more of a scarf in my opinion) today and I do love it. The colors are wonderful. A craptastic selfie, but the best I can do at work:
And today, in addition to being the first day of Spring, is my Mom’s birthday. If she were alive, she would be 98! She was a pretty amazing woman…very independent and adventurous. When she was 19, she rode her bike from Vermont to Canada, camping out along the way. The following year she and her girlfriend, Jennie, rode their bikes from Vermont to California! They camped in fields…or in bad weather spent the night in barns. Keep in mind these were bikes from back in the 30’s – balloon air tires, etc. What an adventure. I have a copy of the scrapbook she put together after that trip (the original one was disintegrating).
She was equally adventurous when she was raising me and my three brothers…always up for a trip somewhere. She loved to hike, play tennis, swim, etc. My Dad always said that one of the things he loved about my Mom was that she wasn’t afraid to try anything.
Here are two pictures of my Mom taken way before I was born. We found these in a box of photos after my Mom passed away. I love them. (Excuse the flash spots -- I took these pictures quickly with my phone at 5:30 this morning.) These are hanging in our stairway along with other family shots. Look how skinny my Mom was!
The first one we kids have named “The Gunslinger” – lol. One of her brothers was an avid trapper and hunter (though usually with a bow) and I’m pretty sure the gun was his. The second one is a shot of her all suited up and ready to ski.
Sadly my Mom’s health deteriorated when she was in her late 70’s, and she passed away in 2004. I miss her laughter and spontaneity and how she and I would be so silly together. Happy Birthday Mom!!